Virginia Western is open and prepared to deliver our full slate of educational opportunities. In this time of many changes, many challenges, and many adjustments, we would like you to know that we have you covered. As the transitions with COVID continue to evolve, please check our re-opening plan at VWCC Response to COVID-19 – Virginia Western Community College. This will be updated regularly.
How will classes be taught?
For Fall 2021, Virginia Western is offering a wide variety of classes in several different modalities. You will find a selection of in-person classes on campus and online classes We are committed to safely delivering high-value education that helps students move towards their goal. We know you’re ready to move forward and we are here to help.
What will online classes be like?
Virginia Western has been delivering courses online for over 20 years. Your instructors have access to some of the best instructional delivery tools available and have been preparing all year to make your online learning experience great. There are 3 main course options:
- Synchronous classes that meet on Zoom on specific days and times, giving you the opportunity to interact with your instructor and classmates. You can attend these classes from anywhere using a computer or mobile device.
- Asynchronous classes that are fully online. You will be given weekly assignments and interact on your own schedule using discussion boards and other technologies. These classes are taught in Canvas and don’t have any required Zoom or face-to-face meetings.
- Hybrid courses where a portion will be online (either scheduled on Zoom or on your own time on Canvas) and a portion will be face-to-face, either on campus or at one of Virginia Western’s off-campus locations.
Need an explanation of synchronous versus asynchronous? This video may help!
What will face to face classes be like?
Face-to-face classes will look a lot like they have in the past with a few key exceptions to help ensure everyone’s health and safety. Everyone will be using personal protective equipment (PPE), and some settings will have additional physical barriers to create safe workspaces. Your instructors will be there to help ensure a safe environment, and most importantly, to lead you through a high-quality learning experience.
What technologies will I need to be a successful student?
Online courses at Virginia Western require a significant amount of interaction with Canvas, the Learning Management System, and many require real-time class sessions using the Zoom web-conferencing tool. In order to be successful in online classes, students must have substantial access to a computer with hi-speed internet connectivity.
What will student services and learning support services look like?
No matter the format of your classes, all Virginia Western students have access to the same resources and support services such as advising, tutoring, library services and more. These services are offered in a variety of formats to meet students where they are and delivered in the safest manner possible. The most current information on accessing resources is here.
How can I get help?
- Need help with your student account or have technical difficulties registering? Contact the 24/7 Student Support Center at http://mysupport.virginiawestern.edu/ (including a live chat) or (855) 874-6690 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Need help deciding what courses you should register for? Schedule an online, phone or in-person advising appointment.
- Need assistance with financial aid? Schedule an appointment at https://www.virginiawestern.edu/advising/schedule-an-appointment/. Contact the 24/7 Student Support Center at http://mysupport.virginiawestern.edu/ (including a live chat) or (855) 874-6690 or email email@example.com
- Need assistance with payment of classes? Contact our Cashier’s Office at 540-857-6312 or in person on the top floor of Fishburn Hall (appointment not required).
- Remote Student Services: www.virginiawestern.edu/covid19/remote-access-to-student-services/